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Re: [alpine-devel] alsamixer and mpv are broken in latest release + quetion

From: Isaac Dunham <>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:09:50 -0800

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On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 11:06:11PM +0100, Christie Taylor wrote:
> After upgrading to v3.3 repo:
> 1) mpv has permissions problems, has to be run with sudo. libGL error: failed to open drm device: Permission denied

ls -l /dev/dri/

I think this should be chown root:video, chmod ug=rw or similar.
(Right here, it's screwing up such that it's root:root. I've not poked at it.)
> 2) [snip]

> Also a question:
> 3) I thought v3.3 would get rid of udev and use mdev from gentoo, but I still get udev messages on boot?

Alpine Linux has used mdev (which is from *busybox*, not gentoo) for quite
a while. Adding Xorg the usual way (setup-xorg) pulls in udev; it's
*possible* to install X and use mdev, if you add the right config files
(eg, from mdev-like-a-boss).
Recently, Alpine switched from old udev to eudev (a gentoo project); this
only affects systems with udev installed.

If you want to use mdev instead of udev, I think this is what I did.

- disable any X display manager or autostart script, since you could end up
breaking X.

-git clone git://, then read the notes.
-add xf86-input-keyboard, xf86-input-mouse, and (for laptops)
-copy xorg.conf.d/* to /etc/xorg.conf.d/

-make sure you have acpid enabled:
rc-update |grep acpid
#if it's not enabled:
rc-update add acpid
(this is so you can shut down cleanly if you break stuff)

- Restart, check that X works:

- exit X
- disable udev, mount a tmpfs filesystem over /dev, and test mdev:
service udev stop
mount -t tmpfs mdev /dev
service mdev start

- check that X works (if you copied the config files and added the drivers,
it *should be* fine)

- disable udev/eudev, enable mdev and hwdrivers:

rc-update del eudev || rc-update del udev
rc-update add mdev ; rc-update add hwdrivers

- Restart, check that X works.

- Re-enable your X autostart script/display manager of choice.

Most of that is safety checking, so you won't accidentally lock yourself

Isaac Dunham

Received on Thu Nov 19 2015 - 18:09:50 UTC